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Latest Siena Poll Gauges Opinions on Fracking, Casinos and Moreland Commission

Siena Research Institute

An overwhelming majority of voters in a poll out this morning from Siena Research Institute think the governor's Moreland Commission should continue investigating political corruption.

That's despite the fact that nearly three-quarters of voters say they have no opinion about the Commission itself and less than a quarter are following the news about it.

But 72 percent of New Yorkers questioned in the survey think the Moreland Commission should continue its investigations. 

More than eight in ten voters say they think corruption in the state legislature is a serious problem.

Other findings in the Siena poll:

Governor Cuomo's overall job performance rating has edged up a bit. The Governor has a 52 to 47 percent job performance rating. That's up from 49-50 last month. 

52 percent of those questioned in the Sienna poll say they're prepared to re-elect Cuomo, while 38 percent prefer another candidate.

Cuomo is viewed favorably by 62 percent of voters and unfavorably by 32 percent. That's down from 64 and 32 percent in September.

New Yorkers remain divided in their opinion on some current issues, according to a poll out this morning by Siena Research Institute.

According to the poll, fracking is opposed by 43 percent of voters and supported by 38 percent.

Opinions on the controversial natural gas drilling method are split along party lines.  A majority of Republicans support fracking moving forward, and a plurality of Democrats and independents oppose it.

There is also a gender divide in the fracking debate.  Men support fracking by a seven point plurality, while opposition among women is found by a 15-point margin.

Regarding casino gambling, voters in the poll support it by a narrow margin of 49 to 45 percent.  That is up from 46 to 46 percent last month.  

And, just like last month, when prospective voters read the wording that will appear on the ballot, that support increases to 56 to 40 percent.

Beth Adams joined WXXI as host of Morning Edition in 2012 after a more than two-decade radio career. She was the longtime host of the WHAM Morning News in Rochester. Her career also took her from radio stations in Elmira, New York, to Miami, Florida.